paddles for children

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Posted Sep 02, 2009 03:45PM

When should children start using paddles to improve their strength etc.?

Posted Sep 02, 2009 05:00PM

Personally, I prefer to use the finis fulcrum arm paddles to get a good wrist position and hand entry and the rest tends to flow, rather than the more traditional paddles. Other than that using finger paddles from about 11 / 12 depending on the child

Posted Sep 04, 2009 12:02PM

Thanks GW. Your posts are always fruitful. Can I ask you where you coach in UK as I have relatives? Do you organize camps for children?

Posted Sep 04, 2009 01:07PM

I coach in Hertfordshire but unfortunately we do not run camps per se. However I do organise swim lessons for beginners to 'pre-club' as my main job at the Uni of Herts. Glad you find the posts helpful. Everybody has their own thoughts and I guess that's why we coach but it's always my opinion that I put up.

Posted Dec 06, 2009 06:47AM

Hi Coach GW, one question, how about use paddles with 10-11-12 year old? i am asking because i have some kids they are really strong, tall, and in good performance here one example: 11 year old girl on 50 free 32:10 50 breast 39:42 50 fly 35:32 back: 37:35, also i have a 8 year old girl and i just start introducing 50 meters, normally she swim 25 meters any suggestion?

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